Owned by Severn Trent Water, this 210 acre reservoir was built in 1964. It has a visitor centre and wildflower meadow. You can enjoy bird watching, dinghy and sailboarding with the Staunton Harold Sailing Club (telephone 01332 862067). Walks link with Calke Abbey. Please telephone Burton Mutual Fishing Club on 01283 544734 for details regarding coarse fishing. Events and activities hotline 0870 1791 111.
There are many points around the reservoir where you can park and walk and enjoy the views. If you visit the site in summer, it is well worth taking a short walk from the visitor centre to the wildflower meadow. Then you could follow the story of water in the visitor centre exhibition.
The Tower Windmill by the car park was let by the Melbourne estate until it fell into disrepair in 1884.
On site toilets, outdoor cafe kiosk (seating 30), all abilities trail, picnic area and play area.
Designated disabled toilets and parking.Two wheelchair-accessible picnic tables can also be found near the Tower Windmill.
A scenic footpath (marked as Footpath A on the map) leads through the woodland from the southern end of the car park, past the edge of the reservoir. It is surfaced with crushed stone, (which may be muddy when wet) and has a variable gradient, which may affect manual wheelchair users. As an alternative, the main tarmac-surfaced road (marked as Path B on the map) leads from the car park. The path is mainly flat, but has slight gradients at points. However, visitors to the Staunton Harold Sailing Club drive along the first section of this path, so please be aware of cars. The two paths merge after 230m.
Reservoir & Visitor Centre, Apr-Oct, 7am til dusk
Reservoir & Visitor Centre, Nov-Mar,
Reservoir & Visitor Centre Car Park:
The car park can be found at the Melbourne end of Calke Road close to the reservoir. The car park is situated on a slope, but each parking level is flat and surfaced with tarmac. The car park is Pay and Display (season tickets are available, call for details) but Blue Badge holders can park for free. There are eight disabled bays.
Barton Buses 3C to Ticknall (irreg)